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Dramatic last stand of one of Britain's most-notorious killers is filmed for new ITV series

Dramatic last stand of one of Britain's most-notorious killers is filmed for new ITV series

The extraordinary week-long manhunt for crazed gunman Raoul Moat – who shot his ex-girlfriend in the stomach and murdered her new lover before he killed himself after he was cornered by armed police during a tense standoff – has been recreated for a new ITV drama.

Actor Matt Stokoe, 33, was yesterday pictured sitting on the grass with a sawn-off shotgun playing Moat in his final moments before he took his own life.

Spurned former bouncer Moat, 37, had just been released from Durham Prison following an 18-week sentence for assault when he began his vindictive campaign of murder early on July 3, 2010 – first by killing ex-girlfriend Samantha Stobbart’s karate instructor lover Chris Brown, then shooting her in the stomach through a house window in Birtley, Gateshead.

He then declared war on police while on the run for murder and attempted murder, and blasted PC David Rathband in the face when he found the officer parked up in a patrol car on a roundabout in Newcastle. Rathband was blinded in the senseless attack and went on to take his own life in February 2012 because he couldn’t cope with his disability, a coroner ruled.

Moat took refuge with a pair of accomplices in Rothbury, Northumberland, but his actions triggered one of the nation’s most notorious manhunts.

Armed police were drafted in from around the country, survival expert Ray Mears was brought in to advise on where Moat could be fleeing, and RAF jets with heat-seeking cameras were deployed to canvas the north east of England in search for the killer.

The thug was eventually cornered by armed police before a six-hour stand-off began – during which footballer Paul Gascoigne famously turned up at the site of the police stand-off with a fishing rod and chicken dinner to try and talk ‘Moaty’ round. As negotiators tried to get Moat to put down his weapon, the crazed killer shot himself in the head.

Stokoe, famous for roles in the Channel 4 series Misfits, the BBC series Bodyguard and Sky’s Jamestown, has assumed the lead role of Moat, while Sally Messham (Doc Martin) and Josef Davies (Chernobyl) will play Moat’s ex-lover Stobbart and murder victim Brown.   

The drama will also star The A Word’s Lee Ingleby as Northumbria Police Officer Neil Adamson, who was among the main police officers searching for Moat while he evaded capture. 

Sonya Cassidy (The Last Kingdom) and Vineeta Rishi (Holby City) have also been announced as cast members. It is not clear if Gascoigne will feature in the show. 

Stokoe, famous for roles in the Channel 4 series Misfits, the BBC series Bodyguard and Sky's Jamestown, is assuming the lead role of Moat

Left, Raoul Moat, who was 37 at the time of a shooting spree in 2010. Right, Matt Stokoe, who will play him in a new drama

Raoul Moat holds a shotgun to his head after being confronted by armed police in Rothbury

Raoul Moat holds a shotgun to his head after being confronted by armed police in Rothbury

Sitting on the grass with a sawn-off shotgun, actor Matt Stokoe, 33, was yesterday pictured playing the killer Raoul Moat in his final moments before he took his own life

Sitting on the grass with a sawn-off shotgun, actor Matt Stokoe, 33, was yesterday pictured playing the killer Raoul Moat in his final moments before he took his own life

The ITV drama, which will tell the story of one of the most notorious manhunts in the UK, filmed the gripping scenes in Yorkshire with Stokoe in the lead role. Actors posing as police officers are pictured during filming this week

The ITV drama, which will tell the story of one of the most notorious manhunts in…

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